Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cherry red color with a small, light tan head, which quickly fades. Monstrous piney and resiny hop aroma, juicy as hell, which after some time begins to smell very medicinal. Nothing but hop aromatics in the aroma and if this were a Double IPA that would be fine, but in a barley wine I want malt aromatics. Still though, the hops are vibrant enough in the nose to definately be enjoyable. The body is undeniably huge and provides a nice mouth experience. The flavor is fairly well balanced between hop and malt flavors, but overall I suppose this is more of a hop accented barley wine. Loads of juicy, medicinal hop flavors throughout the palate, with hints of grapefruit. The malts hints of toffee all the way through, with hints of caramel and roasted nuts. Quite the tasty treat, but it needs your complete attention and a pretty large sample, because it changes very much throughout the tasting. Also, I am not one for aging barley wines, but this really needs some time. Maybe it will peak at around six to eight months. Just like the Raspberry Eisbock, I was hoping it would be my first 5.0...but to no avail...maybe soon, maybe sometime. Hopefully.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is quite possibly the most amazing aroma a beer can have. It was full of wonderful citrus with I think pineapple that dominated it and it was great. Some grapefruit and caramel showed up also. Mouthful was big and chewy, a lot to take down. Lots of caramel, huge trademark 3f hops and some lighter fruit hangin out too. Overall enjoyable drink, look foward to seeing what time will do to it, but also plan on drinking a few more now, cuz it already is a truly great brew.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle, shared with a few friends. As soon as the bottle was opened a huge whiff of grapefruit and peach overwhelmed me. In the glass it is much of the same, very bright citrus, grapefruit and peach. Crazy. Bright ruby red with a kahki head that faded quickly. Initial flavors include pine, citrus, grapefruit...then as you start tasting caramel, brown sugar and cherries. The finish has a bit of bitterness to it. Medium body, oily texture. Overall this is pretty fruity and hoppy, not very malty. I will definitly want to try this in a few years.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a young bottle but I still really like it. Pours dark copper with a white head. Rather short retention. Aroma had caramel, graitfruit, citrus, courant and pine. Taste was terrific just a bit one dimensional. I am sure that will change. I loved the peach taste mixed with the other fruits. Palate was sexual and will only get better. This was terrific, as it ages the malts will come through more.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle. Ruby red with orange tints. Film of off white head. Heavy grapefruit and citron aromatics with some pine notes and a tinge of alcohol. Chewy malt, with heavy citrus and pine hop coatings. Residual hop bitterness and rather hot in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy and hot. Needs some time to age.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 22oz wax cap. Pours a deep dark copper/amber/red color with a nice white head. Nose is big three floyds grapefruit, piney hopps. Alot og them. A touch of yeast and malt is mixed in. Taste is those great big hopps again, a bit overpowering and the bread and malt flavors are left behind. Finishes with a nice bitterness.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overrated and overpriced. I wanted to liek this beer so much, but it just doesnt live up to the hype. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is the pour, a deep brownish garnet. Nose is typical massive Floydís hops, piney, citrusy, and almost bubblegum like. Lots of hops that are not really well balanced with the malt counterpart. Pretty one dimensional, sweet fruity hops. Alcohol not well hidden. When you charge this much for a beer, I have greater expectations. Perhaps I will rerate in a year or two after this ages a while.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now for a brew I have been longing for for some time and hopefully worthy of a victory brew. Yes, the Badgers were "lucky", but they still won. From first sniff this is a hoppy barley wine beyond the likes I think I have tried. Bright dark copper color with a diminished ecru head. Smells like sweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Perhaps I should have this for breakfast. Iím sure it would be an eye opener. Some mild hints of pie crust malt, peaches and watermelon bubblegum. I would likely put the aroma higher if this wasnít a barley wine, as I really want more malt in this style. Just my preference. In a year or so Iím sure my rating would go up significantly. Holy lactating, agrarian, bovine mammal batman, this is a hops monster, that I am at a near loss of words. Lots of sweet malt, but more than a boat load of hops. The malt flavors are not that well defined but the sweetness is there to balance all the alphas and betas coursing through my palate. Smooth, lightly silky in feel. Flavors of light fruit, with raisins, and plums. Floral and a touch of pine and grapefruit hops flavors. A sweet laffy taffy middle, with melon and mild berry. Malt come back in the linger, but yet the hops acidity still stings the tongue. Call this an american strong and this is near the top of my list As a barley wine, this will need to sit a year or five to be in my tops per style. I wish I could let one set that long. Great brew. I hate getting caught up in the style thing on this one. This truly is a Behemoth!
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from trade with JCW. 2005 vintage. Great nose, sweet. Tangerine, pineapple, peach. Clean orangy red color. Small head that faded to nothing. Sweet bitter flavors, like aroma with grapefruit creepin in. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, Sticky sweet finish. ABV heat shows up. FíN great, I can see why some might not like the ABV right now, but itísa damn near perfect beer for me. Ihad this at the Blind Tiger a couple years back. I didnít take noted of it at the time though. I seem to remember it being more carmelly, than the fruity i get now. Still WOW. Thanks again JCW.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 (2005 bottle poured into a stone r.i.s. glass.i could smell the hops right after popping the top)the behemoth poured a clear crimson red with tiny little bubbles floating to the top.what little head i got was white and soon swam to the sides of the glass.the aroma was dominated by grapefruit/pine hops with some brown sugar and molasses to follow.the first sip was SUPER thick and slid down the back of my throat.talk about a mouthfeel!the flavor was again dominated by grapefruit/pine hops.what followed was sweet candy,molasses,and scotch.as far as mouthfeel and "hopness" its all there.its just a little one-sided.maybe some age would bring the malts out a bit.as this is a barleywine and not a double i.p.a.